- 24 Age
- 83kg Weight
- 177cm Height
BiographyJoe Powell had his trials in 2018, but perhaps he is becoming a prisoner of his growing stature within the game. His rapid-rise through the ranks means people forget that Powell is still just 24 years-old.
Already well worth his place in the Wallabies, Powell performed at an elite level for most of the year, excelling in most areas and providing excellent service to his backs
A Canberra local who attended Marist College, Powell represented the Australian U20’s in 2014, establishing himself as their first-choice scrumhalf for the Junior World Cup in New Zealand and earning plaudits for his performances throughout the tournament.
Powell burst on to the scene with Brumbies in 2015 after being signed on a short-term contract to cover for an injury to Nic White. The scrumhalf made his debut against the Rebels that year to become Brumby #178.
In 2016 Powell was signed to a fulltime EPS contract prior to the with the Brumbies, impressing enough in limited action to receive a call up to the Wallabies squad for the June test series.
Powell stepped up to the starting scrumhalf role for the Brumbies in 2017 after a knee injury ruled Tomas Cubelli out for four months. The 24-year old took full advantage of his opportunity, outperforming his peers and helping the Brumbies to the Australian Conference title.
His form would earn him another Wallabies call-up for the June Test series, making his Test debut against Fiji in Melbourne, just rewards for his impressive form in Brumbies colours.
Powell really is an excellent half-back. The Maris College product finished top in Super Rugby for quality passes.
He also topped the scrumhalf ranks for offloads, line-breaks and was near the top in tackles as well. His delivery is precise, his kicking off the base is the best in Australia and is developing into a real threat when sniping around the edges.
Being consistently-elite is his challenge, and despite already being one of the best in the world, Powell still has plenty of room and time to grow.